Learning from Artists – Jean-Hubert Martin | Wedsnesday 16 January 2019 - 8 pm

Learning from artists keyno

As part of the 2018-19 Curatorial Lecture series 'Learning from Artists', S.M.A.K. and Curatorial Studies are honoured to welcome Jean-Hubert Martin for a lecture VISUAL THINKING AS PROMOTED BY ARTISTS. 

"As we cannot see the past other than through our present gaze, we tend to look towards history for echoes and confirmations of our choices and tastes. The order of chronological classification is therefore questioned. The analogical way of thinking, which has been repressed for a long time as non scientific, brings back the sensitive judgement and visual thinking that are at the heart of the creative process. Globalisation forces us to move away from our colonial and Eurocentric history of art to achieve a more open approach to cultural differences."

Practical information:

  • Wedsnesday 16 January 2019 - 8 pm
  • auditorium
  • free entrance

Jean-Hubert Martin joined the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris as a curator in 1971, and was part of the team that established the Centre Pompidou in 1977. After serving as director of Kunsthalle Bern in 1982-85, Martin returned to the Pompidou in 1987-90 as director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, and has since overseen institutions including the Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie in Paris and the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf. 'Magiciens de la Terre', which he curated in 1989, is widely regarded as a breakthrough in reassessing the center-periphery hierarchy of Modernism. More recent exhibitions curated by Martin include 'Carambolages', Grand Palais, Paris (2016); 'Contemporary Morocco', Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2014-15); 'Theater of the World', La Maison Rouge, Paris (2013); 'Against Exclusion', Moscow Biennial (2009); and 'Partage d’Exotismes', Biennale de Lyon (2000). An anthology of his writings, "L’Art au Large", was published by Flammarion in 2012.

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Each academic year, S.M.A.K. and Curatorial Studies at KASK-School of Arts, Ghent, co-organise the prestigious Curatorial Lectures series, given by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme. After ‘Working with Artists’ in 2017-18, this year's theme is ‘Learning from Artists’ – the curatorial responsibility of learning from artists, on individual as well as institutional levels.

Anthony Huberman's keynote lecture took place on 14 November 2018. Forthcoming speakers in the series include Nicolaus Schafhausen (19 March 2019), Gabi Ngcobo (3 April 2019) and Ute Meta Bauer (May 2019).

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